By Emma Harrington
Published: Thursday, July 9, 2020
If the first half of 2020 has you wanting to hit the refresh button, it might be time for a holiday where the hardest decision is, beach or pool?
Nothing says relaxation quite like the pristine white beaches, crystal-clear water and gently swaying palm trees of Queensland, and with the Sunshine State’s borders reopening on Friday, there’s never been a better time to go.
Whether you want to get back to nature, enjoy some pampering or relive your childhood at theme parks, Queensland offers a diverse range of holiday experiences with something to suit everyone. Here are some of our favourites.
Only an hour’s drive north of Cairns, Port Douglas is a relaxed seaside town where the rainforest meets the reef. Perfect for couples, families and solo travellers alike, there are a range of accommodation options from lavish resorts to serviced apartments.
The serene and stylish Paradise Links Resort offers apartments and villas set in lush tropical surrounds with a lagoon-style swimming pool, tennis courts, bike hire and a neighbouring golf course.
Port Douglas takes relaxation very seriously and you’ll find a myriad of ways to shed the stresses of everyday life. Enjoy a rejuvenating spa treatment, unwind with yoga on the famous Four Mile Beach or sip on a sundowner cocktail at one of the buzzing bars or restaurants.
If you feel like venturing a bit further, visit Mossman Gorge – a 56,000-hectare area set within the spectacular World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park. Or explore more of the breathtaking Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation on a guided day tour or 4WD safari.